December 3, 2009

Inside the December Issue of Lacrosse Magazine


Lacrosse Magazine: December 2009

It's been six months since Bill Tierney sent the lacrosse world asunder in a single swipe, when he chose to leave Princeton University for the University of Denver as teh self-proclaimed beacon of lacrosse in the West.

"The lacrosse world, as you know, is taking huge steps out west," he wrote then to Princeton alumni. "The chance for me to be a part of that growth, as an ambassador for the game, as well as Denver, is appealing.

"If we are truly going to make lacrosse a nationwide sport, we need for some programs out there to become great. I think I can help Colorado lacrosse become the launching pad for that movement."

Asked if he was running away from increased competition in the Ivy League and on the East Coast, he smiles. "If they know Bill Tierney," he says, "they know that the touger the situation, the more he'd look forward to it, not run away from it."

That refrain resonates with each challenge of his motives.

He's just looking for a place to retire. You don't know me.

He did it for the money. You don't know me.

He did it for Trevor. He's building a family business. You don't know me.


Men's Team Named for Manchester
The squad tasked with bringing gold back to the US Lacrosse men's national team program has been set. The 23-man roster of the 2010 U.S. men's national team was announced in November following three training weekends featuring 41 of the world's top players.

Lifestyles: Whitney Richards
Whitney Richards was a standout for Temple lacrosse, earning All-America honors and an Atlantic 10 tournament MVP as a senior in 2008. These days, the former midfielder's teammates are of the four-legged, equine variety. Richards works as a trainer for harness racing. She recently talked horse sense with LM while dragging the track at her family's farm in New Jersey.


LM's Question of the Month: Which pro athlete would make the best lacrosse player and why
Could you picture LeBron James driving the lane with a lacrosse stick? Michael Phelps swim-dodging the length of an entire field? Ray Lewis eating attackmen for lunch? LM's readers chimed in far and wide with their take on whom they'd like to see take up lax.


No posters allowed. Navy women's lacrosse standout Erin Rawlick lets us in on some of the finer details of life in the barracks.

© Alain Jaramillo

Erin Rawlick, Navy

Erin Rawlick knows how to run a tight ship, having guided Navy to a 26-9 mark in its first two years of varsity lacrosse. Apparently LM passed inspection and was allowed a tour of the two-time All-Patriot League selection's barracks.


New Beginnings
Playing opportunities are on the rise with new Division III programs popping up everywhere. But expect some growing pains, as these players from such newbies will attest.


'09 Rewind

We look back on the best, brightest and most surprising of lacrosse in 2009, including:

* Male Player of the Year
* Male Performance of the Year
* Male Coach of the Year
* Female Player of the Year
* Female Performance of the Year
* Female Coach of the Year
* Game of the Year
* Comeback of the Year
* Breakthrough of the Year
* Look of the Year
* Mainstream Moment of the Year
* Fan of the Year

Images of the Year

On the field, we saw crowning achievements -- perfection for Northwestern and a redemptive gold medal for Team USA. We felt our heartbeat soar during perhaps the wildest 24 seconds in NCAA tournament history, the Foxboro Flip.

And off the field, we cheered how you took the sport's popularity to new heights: 175,000 members of a Facebook group for a video game, countless dolalrs raised for noble causes, sticks on the small screen and the big screen.

With our hats tipped to you, enjoy a final look back at lax in '09.

Virginia workhorse Bray Malphrus is back with one of his favorite workouts: the star drill.

© Matt Riley


Men's College: Red October
Cornell coach Jeff Tambroni's mission this fall was different than his colleagues'. Find out how fall ball helped the Big Red shake off that disastrous '09 final.

Women's College: Quakers Have Sown Oats
Expectations are high on the heels of three straight final four appearances, as Penn eyes its first NCAA title.

US Lacrosse: Ebner Receives Honor
Upstate New York coach and ardent lacrosse volunteer Noel Ebner will receive the US Lacrosse Youth Council's highest honor at January's national convention.


Your Game: Goalie Play: Ball at X
When playing the ball behind the goal as a goalkeeper, it's all about positioning. With proper spacing and angles, says two-time MLL all-star Rob Scherr, you'll neutralize the threat.

Your Game: Grace Under Pressure
When most coaches see their offense get an 8-meter shot after a foul, they think one thing: goal! Not if you are facing Lidia Sanza of Franklin and Marshall.

Your Body: Gym Rats II
Straight from the cutting room floor of November's "Gym Rats" issue, tire-flippin' Erica LaGrow, diesel Chris Langton, and Olympic lift junkie Bray Malphrus return with some more can't-miss workouts.

Your Playbook: The Golden Spike Award
Symbolic awards can help coaches and players get the most out of practices and games, writes PCA's David Jacobsen. Also, the defender step up drill from Scott Biron, Kateri Linville and Janine Tucker.

Your Style: O' LaXmas Tree
Get crafty this holiday season with Stylin' Strings' latest custom dye job.


Rob Emery, St. Ignatius (Calif.)
Check out LM's Q&A with the latest big thing out of the Northern California pipeline, Virginia-bound midfielder Rob Emery.


To Our Members: A Thoroughbred's Tears
What was your most memorable lacrosse moment of 2009? What LM editor Paul Krome will remember the most is seeing a grown man cry.

Her Space: Pay It Forward
Janine Tucker and Diane Geppi-Aikens had dreams of writing a lacrosse book together. Tucker has done so in honor of Geppi-Aikens who died of a brain tumor in June 2003. How can you give the gift of time, asks Clare Lochary?

His Space: Southwest Side Story
LM's Bill Tanton sets out to discover why and how Mickey-Miles Felton's name became synonymous with lacrosse in the Southwest.

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